the mess on my desk

Hello fine readers!  I’ve just spent over an hour catching up on my bloggy reading – I haven’t read any blogs since this time last week!  Nor have I replied to any of the lovely comments left for me this week – so to all you who stopped by and said hi! – sorry I’m such a slacker – I really loved your comments and I will endeavour to reply tomorrow!  Especially to the very lovely Una – I’m truly slack and keep thinking, I won’t write now, I’ll write when I have more time to write properly – and then don’t!  And hello to the pretty pink petal Sarah – I’m so glad I have you for Rachael’s cupcake swap because your beautiful goodies are just my cup of tea!

So – apologies out of the way – what HAVE I been up to? Well, pretending to pack up the house – and doing badly at it.  Spending hours and hours and hours at the airport, delivering girlies to flight attendants so that they can travel home to their families for the holidays and getting delayed by fog.  And … flapping about rather uselessly!

not packed bookcase

(see!  not a book has left it’s shelf!)

However, I did call into Peppermint Stitches on Saturday – they were going to call me when they had the full collection of the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric – but I couldn’t wait!  So I bought several pieces – of course, I’ll need to go back for more white with caterpillars, I need some purple (didn’t think I would) and of course, the stripe and panel which is still coming.

But I worked on my design and started sewing this morning and I’m mighty pleased thus far.  The colours in the collection are SO strong that I decided to use lots of white in every block because this is a baby quilt and I want it to be colourful and rich but not overpowering.

And why do I have to start another project now – when I have so many on the go and I’m moving house – because, and this is the truly exciting bit – Stacey of Peppermint Stitches wants me to be a “quilt model” for her – I didn’t really know what this meant last week, but now I know I’ll be making up quilt tops for her to display in the shop – she’ll have them professionally quilted (yay!) – and she’ll pay me in stash! I’ll also be able to display quilts that I’ve designed with the patterns for her to sell based on the fabrics she has in the store!  AAAAAHHH!!  She even wants me to teach a patchwork class based on one of the quilt kits she’s ordered.  Good golly miss molly!

In between sewing and drawing and writing the following pattern, I’ve been dreaming up the HUNDREDS of things I can make for her – she’s probably cringing at this moment, envisaging her lovely store overrun with lily.  In my daydreams there are coasters, aprons, tiered skirts, christmas decorations, lampshades …

Anyhoo, put away your extravagances lily! … here’s the pattern for the My Very Hungry Caterpillar Sampler

the plan
… nice and illegible.  I’m really thinking I should buy EQ6 – does anyone have any feedback about it?

The three illustrations from the panel – a beautiful butterly (10 x 20), an egg on a leaf (9 x 12) and a caterpillar (10 x 12) will be off set by collections of blocks, strips of blocks, and larger single blocks, as well as narrow borders of the gorgeous dotty fabrics.

It’s going to be quite detailed, but I really think it’s a shame when such a beautiful collection is released that most of the patterns given for it simply involve taking the panel and whacking on one or two simplistic borders and not even winking at the rest of the fabric available.  So there! :-)

Today I’ve made up all the “snowball/eggs” – you know, a little egg lay on a leaf.

snowball eggs
They will feature in two parts of the quilt.  Then I cut out all the leaves and made up the two leaves which sit next to a collection of eggs.

eggs and leaves
And I started the row of sun-shiny stars that will make a banner across the top of the quilt.  I’m especially fond of the hour-glass in the middle and the arrow effect it has created.

sunny stars
Around the blocks and illustrations will be narrow border of the dots, then a wider – perhaps 4″, I’ll have to wait and see how it cuts – border of the fabulous stripe.  Not sure what I’ll bind it in yet.

The tic-tac-tote is coming along so nicely, I thought I would do a My Very Hungry Caterpillar Library Bag version using some of the lovely Weeks Wool Stacey has.  How exciting to have access to Weeks Wool here in Brisbane!  Awesome!

Hee! hee! hee!  Now I have such a legitimate reason for sewing – but this marvellous new development means I also have to stop creating WIPs and make some YIDs (Yay! It’s done!) instead.  Wish me luck!

my very hungry caterpillar sampler

16 thoughts on “my very hungry caterpillar sampler

  • June 22, 2008 at 11:35 am

    How interesting, I was in the shop visiting when you arrived. I heard you ask for VHC fabric and my ears pricked up as I would have liked to see it too!
    But when you were taken into a seperate room and the door closed I left, feeling very shut out :-(
    It looked such a nice new shop too.

    Maybe I will visit again when I am back in Brisbane.

  • June 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    wow, well done you!! your quilts are sooo nice though i can see why she asked you to make them up for her lovely shop.
    Sarah x

  • June 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    That’s great! I didn’t know what a quilt model was either – I had visions of you on the catwalk wrapped in quilts ;-) Now you get to sew a lot of tops and have someone else quilt them – I know that’s usually the stage where mine become UFOs – and to be paid in stash, how great is that! Best of luck!

  • June 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to say – the caterpillar quilt looks great. It will be fun to see how this ends up – some intriguing glimpses there! I tried to squint at your drawing, but I can’t quite see where you are going with this yet.

  • June 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations – now am I prophetic or what LOL! I told you that you would go a long way in this industry and it is already started!

    I keep meaning to ask you – has blogging now turned into everything you hoped it would be when you wrote that post so long ago that started our correspondence? I’m guessing yes – at least I hope the answer is yes!

  • June 22, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    That is so great! Congratulations!!
    I sure wish that was a shop I could go visit… Do you think you’ll be allowed to share some pictures??

  • June 22, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Lily, this is wonderful!!! I’m so excited for you! Will I be able to say, “I knew her when…?” I am sure your obvious and prolific talents will be appreciated and that you will have fun and be very fulfilled! I can’t wait to see what transpires! I love what’s happening with those hungry caterpillars too. And the packing can surely wait, no?? :-) Congrats, talented Lily!

  • June 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Ok – this is FAB fabric! Where is this lovely new shop??!! My niece just had a new baby boy – and it would be fun to make something for him from this fabric. I just love those books. We have it in German and English and Darcy thinks it is hysterical when I read it to her in German! (I always knew those 6 years of study would come in handy!!) Good luck with your move – poor, busy Lily – packing takes up too much sewing time! Oh – your apron should be finished tomorrow!! It is super cute!

  • June 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm


    What a fun new project! :) I have NO DOUBT you will get all your WIP’s completed!!! :)

  • June 22, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Oooh Lily! I’m so excited for you! No wonder you are not packing. Maybe those books will pack themselves and you can keep on sewing. ;-)
    I use EQ6 all the time and love it. Ask me any questions you might have and I will do my best to answer.

  • June 23, 2008 at 4:01 am

    I love this range. I have had some sitting in my stash. I really need to have time to think about what I’m going to do with it before I cut into it! I’ve been thinking about EQ6 also.

  • June 30, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Where can I find that fabric? I just adore the book.

  • July 27, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    I like how you’ve done some of the blocks for Hungry Caterpillar. I’m trying to do one for my daughter’s classroom. Could you send me a picture of your completed quilt top or is there one online somewhere? Many thanks!

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    my daughter simply had to have the caterpiller panel today, but i wasn’t that keen until i saw your quilt. i would love to see more of it. is there a pattern ready. we must see more. well done. TTT

  • February 8, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Is the pattern finished? Available? I also could not resist the fabric but am looking for a better way to put it together than the panel in the middle look! Really need to get started on this as the child it is intended for is growing older every day! Desperate Grandma!

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